As authentic Believers, we are called to peace as members of Jesus' Body. We make every effort to live in peace with one another in spite of the circumstances that come our way.
We encourage each other to walk in holiness, so that we will spend eternity with God and one another (Hebrews 12:14). We turn from evil and do good, and the peace of God comforts our heart (1 Peter 3:11).
We do not repay evil for evil, but we do good to everyone, regardless of how much they hurt us, speak evil about us or attempt to derail our success in this world (1 Thessalonians 5:15; Psalm 34:14).
God's peace also rules in our heart when we walk in His ways and we live in gratitude to Him (Colossians 3:15). He takes pleasure in our godliness and makes even our enemies live in peace with us (Proverbs 16:7).
His strength and peace lead us through our day as we follow His will for each step we take (Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalm 29:11). He calls us to live in peace with everyone, especially when this peace depends on us (Romans 12:18; Romans 14:19; 1 Peter 3:9-11).
Father God, you did not send Jesus to bring peace into the world, but to shake up the natural order of things and to unite us with Your Body (Matthew 10:34-36). You call us to live blamelessly and uprightly so that we can live in Your peace all the days of our life (Psalm 37:37).
Help us to listen to Your Truth and to avoid the folly of the flesh, the world and the devil, so that we can live in Your abundant peace (Psalm 85:8). Remind us to avoid repaying evil with evil, but to feed our hungry enemies and to do good to them; so they will be convicted of their wrong doing and we will win a friend.
Thought for the Day:
Those who sow in peace will reap the righteousness of God in their life; and if we love God's law, nothing will make us stumble as we abide in His great peace, love and joy.
- James 3:18; Psalm 119:165